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DVD Rebuilder Pro Updates to Version 1.26.3

Posted by: , 05:54 AEST, Thu September 6, 2007

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DVD Rebuilder is a DVD backup tool for making high quality DVD backups
DVD Rebuilder is a DVD backup tool for making high quality DVD backups. DVD Rebuilder only works with unprotected/unencrypted discs.

From the Readme:
Over the course of the past couple of years DVD back up techniques have changed dramatically. Newer "one click" programs have made backing up a DVD a fairly simple process... but there is a significant trade-off. The quality that can be attained by even the best of these programs is poor in comparison to original techniques that used Cinemacraft Encoder, TMPEGENC, or other top-notch encoders. The reason is simple. When using one of these encoders the picture is rebuilt from scratch and optimized for the resulting bitrate. One-touch transcoders usually drop DCT coefficients or change quantization info in order to lower the bitrate. This can result in pixelation and poor overall picture.

But, man, they sure are convenient.

That's where DVD ReBuilder (DVD-RB) comes in. This program was built to bridge the gap between the incredibly easy but limited "one-click" solutions and the incredibly complex but high-quality methods of DVD back up.

Another advantage of DVD-RB when compared to older methods is that it doesn't require access to an expensive authoring package. DVD-RB includes its own reauthoring engine that reconstructs the DVD in a way compatible with its original design.

During beta development (software testing associated with this new product) the Pro version is only released to those who contribute to the development through donations of either their time (extensive testing and reporting) or a monetary donation. These "VIPs" receive regular automatic updates via e-mail as new versions of DVD-RB Pro are released. When DVD-RB Pro is released as a final product (version 1.00), VIPs who have donated at least $10.00 (or equivalent time and effort) will become members of the DVD Rebuilder charter team -- and will receive version updates for the life of the product. Those waiting until official release will be required to pay the $29.95 commercial price (happening very soon).
For your DVD Rebuilder questions, feel free to post it in our DVD Rebuilder Forum and let our resident experts answer them for you.

Below is the official change log for DVD Rebuilder Pro version 1.26.3:
  • Fixed an error in which the REDIST_ALL parameter was not being set correctly when selected. In the previous version any change to the setting was not recognized until the next program load.
  • Added Beta support for command line oriented encodes (e.g. Mencoder or FFMPEG). DVD-RB will call a pre-configured .BAT file that can be setup for the calls.An example .BAT file (for mencoder) is included as an example.In order to use it, you must edit it (it is normally found in the "c:\Program Files\DVD-RB Pro\Encoders" directory) and point ensure the path properly points to MENCODER.EXE.You must also add the line "cmdline=" to the "[Paths]" area of the REBUILDER.INI file. This new option should be considered in Beta test until it has been used more.My encodes (using M encoder) so far tend to be under-size -- but very good quality.Try the "Good (fast)"mode, it gives very good quality and is exceptionally fast.Be careful with "Highest Quality" mode -- it can be slow.
  • Added an option to the MODE menu in which you can choose to always use HC as the encoder for REDISTRIBUTION.This prevents a rare CCE problem that can happen when high bitrate matrices are in use.
  • Updated REDISTRIBUTION so that any cell with 500 or fewer frames would redistribute using 100% sample.This prevents lower-than-required bitrates on small segments that have blackness or fade-ins that might undervalue the need.
  • Moved "Shutdown at REBUILD Completion" and "Close DVD-RB at REBUILD" completion from the MODE menu to the FILE menu. This makes it possible to change the state of these options while DVD-RB is executing.
  • Corrected a bug in which, under certain circumstances, it is possible to receive a "Runtime Error 53" message during REDISTRIBUTION.
  • Corrected an minor bug in which bitrates for single frame segments were incorrectly REDISTRIBUTED.
  • Corrected an error in which attempting to use the "No Compression" encoder option with REDISTRIBUTION enabled could cause DVD-RB to abort with errors (87/13)
  • Updated the response to errors resulting from a corrupt source (VOBID/CELLID not found errors) so you have the option to continue as opposed to a forced exit.Note however that it is not usually a good idea -- as this is an indicator of a pretty serious corruption in the source IFO/VOB combination.
  • Other minor and cosmetic changes.

You may download this updated version here.


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